Double Domed (Available in Structural Engineering Special Issue only)

by Matthys Levy, P.E., Principal; Weidlinger Assocs., Inc., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 4, Pg. A2-A4

Document Type: Feature article


A 45,000-seat soccer stadium under construction in La Plata, Argentina, takes domed roof design to the next level. A Tenstar dome, first used in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, consists of a triangulated ridge net, triangulated diagonal cables, hoop cables, and rigid vertical posts. The dome works like a truss in which the bottom chord is interrupted, then follows the line of hoop cables around to the opposite side of the arena. The soccer stadium includes a pair of domes that will enhance the uses of the facility and allow natural grass to grow on the playing surface.

Subject Headings: Cables | Stadiums and sport facilities | Domes (structure) | Triangulation | Vegetation | Trusses | Structural engineering

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